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the Water
March 21, 2017 – February 2, 2018. 

In 2017 the ambitious exhibition in The Cisterns was constructed as a journey through an underground sea of light and darkness by the internationally acknowledged Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi. "the Water" was Sambuichi's first major exhibition outside Japan. Sambuichi was interviewed by Louisiana Channel in connection with his installation ‘the Water’ in The Cisterns. In this interview, he shares his thoughts behind the installation.

Eva valmue væg

Eva Koch
That Dream of Peace
March 2 - November 30, 2016

From the 2nd of March 2016 the artist Eva Koch took over the underground territory of The Cisterns with video installations projected directly onto columns and walls.

The comprehensive exhibition ”That Dream of Peace” was made specifically for The Cisterns by Eva Koch. The exhibition took its departure in the idea of survival and the belief that despite the world's terrorism, war and destruction there will always be life and growth. Children play – also while bombs are exploding. Flowers grow forth even on muddy battlefields and doves flutter freely between symbol and reality – between war and peace. These fundamental topics were unfolded by Koch in several video installations in the darkness of The Cisterns.

Cronhammar. Capetillo

Ingvar Cronhammar

March 3 - November 29, 2015

The old water reservoir at Søndermarken Park was drained 33 years ago. Throughout 2015 you can experience the water return to the Cisterns, a 4.320 square meter underground space.

The exhibition "H" is an ambitious and comprehensive installation created by the Danish artist Ingvar Cronhammar, accompanied by the Danish musical composer Martin Hall.
When entering the Cisterns you will be surrounded by water, in the form of a large water surface that covers the floors, and columns of falling water that reflect and co-create the visual as well as the musical experience.
Read more about the exhibition 


March 2 - November 30, 2014

A unique mixture of granite stones, concrete columns and slender stalactites, The Cisterns proposes a major challenge for the artist.

In the 'Andante' exhibition, artist Christian Lemmerz filled the space in the most beautiful way making wax sculptures of huge candelabras.

Location plays a key role in the exhibition entitled 'Andante' derived from the musical world where it denotes a quiet, gradual pace.

The Cisterns can hold 16 million liters of water, which they did until 1933, but even today water seeps into the rooms and create large puddles that favourably reflected Lemmerz' light formations in the middle of the darkness. Darkness was complete - in the first several minutes - where you could barely see a meter ahead. Candles made small holes of light in the nothingness, indicating particularly beautiful places in the halls, which offered both stalactites and strange protrusions. The exhibition appeared as a large living sculpture; a sea of candles that illuminated the dramatic space. Lemmerz` artistic approach was an empty ritual of silent drama.

"A dreamy installation by Christian Lemmerz"
- New York Times


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Opening hours 2018

April 15 – November 30, 2018
Tue-Wed: 11 am – 6 pm
Thur: 11 am – 8 pm
Fri-Sun: 11 am – 6 pm
(closed on Mondays)

Entrance fee
Adults: 70 DKK
Seniors/students: 50 DKK
Groups (min. 20): 50 DKK
Under 18: Free